The Business of Opiates and Chronic Pain

Paradigm − January 17, 2011 − filed under Chronic Pain

Recently, Alex Swedlow and his colleagues at the California Workers Compensation Institute (CWCI) published a study that will be presented at their annual meeting in San Francisco next week.  In this study, they report on the prescribing patterns of California workers’ compensation medical providers who write Schedule II prescriptions.  CWCI has previously reported on the… Learn More

Caring for Catastrophically Injured Workers

Paradigm − January 14, 2011 − filed under Complex Case Management

Today, I spoke at the IRSG (Insurance Rehabilitation Study Group) Annual Conference in San Diego on caring for the catastrophically injured worker.  The IRSG’s mission is to provide an educational forum for the insurance industry to explore and develop concepts and programs of effective medical and rehabilitation services that pertain to all lines of insurance. … Learn More

Chronic Pain Management Requires the Right Tools

Paradigm − January 7, 2011 − filed under Chronic Pain

In the final installation of our series on chronic pain, I would like to touch upon the tools that physicians have at their disposal for managing chronic pain. The problem with the Likert scale In the hospital, we love to use the Likert scale with the smiley and frowning faces to quantify the degree of… Learn More